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January 9, 2018

Witness to History: 1893

In 1893 Katharine Lee Bates penned the words of a poem that would eventually become the song, “America the Beautiful.” In Mankato that same year, Harrison L. Schmitt opened a legal practice that would eventually become Farrish Johnson Law Office. Katharine Lee Bates In 1893, at the age of 33, Katharine Lee Bates, on a trip to Colorado Springs, penned the words to what is now known as the song “America the Beautiful.”  Bates originally  wrote the words as a poem, “Pike’s Peak,” first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical, The Congregationalist.  The sites on her...
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